Ring Video Doorbell
Key features of the Ring Video Doorbell
Versatile cameraAt first glance, you might assume the Ring Video Doorbell’s tiny camera offers pretty basic viewing options. Actually, it packs a punch. It’s capable of 160-degree viewing on the horizontal and 90 degrees on the vertical. Despite this extreme wide-angle, the picture itself is almost completely distortion free and it’s very easy to pick out faces and other small details, such as any critters that happen to be wandering past. The other cool bonus of this camera’s focal range is that you can see what people are doing or holding even if they’re very close to the door. Oh, and did I mention night vision? Yup, this particular piece of surveillance wizardry can see in the dark, no problem.
Advanced motion detectionAI-augmented motion detection drastically cuts down on the frequency of the video doorbell going off when you don’t need it to. Let’s say you have trees at the end of your driveway and on windy days it constantly trips the motion detection. You can simply set your Ring to ignore that area, making alerts far less disruptive. You can also set its sensitivity to adjust throughout the day.
Two-way talk capabilityThe ability to have a two-way conversation is an underrated security option. Not only does it give you peace of mind to be able to chat with a person at your door no matter where you are, but it’s also proven as a great theft and intrusion deterrent. Sometimes a human voice is all it takes to spook a potential intruder and send them on their merry way.
What consumers are sayingThis product has accumulated a positively Bunyanesque 12,000+ Amazon reviews! Of those reviews, the Ring Video Doorbell has received a thoroughly respectable 4-star rating. The strongest positive reviews refer to the camera and speaker quality and the user-friendliness of the app. The strongest negative reviews cited problematic installation (typically these reviewers had old or unusual existing doorbells) and the requirement of storing video footage on Ring’s cloud server.
How smart home friendly is this product?The Ring Video Doorbell gets an A+ for smart home readiness. It integrates beautifully with Alexa, even allowing you to grab a real-time view of the doorbell from the screen enabled Alexa model. It also integrates with a whole ecosystem of Ring products, making it a great choice if you plan to gradually equip your home with other Ring products.
Installation and setupThere are two ways the Ring Video Doorbell can be installed. First, it can be set up with a removable battery pack. With this option, you can attach the device directly to your door with no pre-wiring (although some drilling will be required). It can also be hardwired, using an existing doorbell installation. This is a more involved process and if you aren’t familiar with wiring, we recommend you have an expert do the installation and network hookup for you. If in doubt, you can always contact us to have a pro-Nerd give you advice on which installation would work best for your home.
We’re highly experienced in the setup and installation of home security systems, including the Ring Video Doorbell. If you’d like our help you can call us at 1-800-919-6373 or fill out our contact form.
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Questions nerds often hear about Ring Video Doorbell
What’s better for security? A doorbell camera or smart security cams?
We get this question a lot! Really, both serve their unique purposes. A doorbell camera is perfect for preventing doorbell theft and giving you peace of mind about who is at your front door. Smart security cameras are better for wider area surveillance. The gold standard is investing in both! Remember that smart devices are designed to work with one another.
Will the Ring protect me from package theft?
Well, it’s impossible for us to guarantee that this will protect you, but there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that video doorbells actively discourage people from stealing from your doorstep. It’s one of the best theft prevention measures you can take.
I don’t have an existing doorbell. Can I still have a Ring Video Doorbell installed?
Absolutely! There a range of installation options. Our technicians can walk you through each of them and discuss the advantages and disadvantages with you. You don’t need an existing doorbell to have one of these devices installed.